Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity of Patients

  • Southeast Michigan has a wonderful diversity of patients, and Michigan Medicine serves as a referral center for patients coming from large urban centers like Detroit and Flint and from rural areas, from around the corner to the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula
  • Our patients’ diagnoses range from common disorders to the high-acuity, complex, and rare
  • Our patients have a wide variety of cultural, racial, religious, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • We have excellent interpretative services available for the numerous languages spoken by our patients and their families (Spanish and Arabic are the most common), and also have superb ASL interpreters

Resident Diversity & Inclusion

Map of the United States with lines and arrows representing where our residents are from and go to in various states and cities in the United States.
  • The Pediatric Neurology Division seeks and welcomes residents from diverse backgrounds, including people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, and sexual orientation
  • We believe that excellence in our program is best achieved by bringing together bright, caring residents, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of perspectives
  • We are dedicated to ongoing improvement in our ability to work as a team, to learn from each other, to provide a welcoming environment, and to recognize and overcome our implicit biases
  • We held division-wide sessions on Unconscious Bias and on Bystander Training

Health Equity

  • The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion provides many opportunities for residents to become leaders and change agents for health equity:
  • PEACH is a Michigan Medicine program to research and address inequities in pediatric care

Faculty Involvement

Examples of faculty Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) activities:

  • Investigation of racial disparities in epilepsy surgery (Drs. Neville and Fedak)
  • Participation in Pediatricians for Black Lives (Dr. Neville)
  • A program about microaggression (Drs. McNamara, Gottlieb-Smith, and Hoban)